Indie Harrogate cafe's new bakery is 'a dream come true'

Popular Harrogate independent cafe Baltzersen’s has unveiled plans to open a physical site in Kettlesing for their ‘Bakeri Baltzersen’ brand which until now has existed only online.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:55 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:56 am

The bakery, set to open in April 2020, will supply Baltzersen’s’ cafe and coffee shop on Oxford Street and offer a wholesale supply to businesses within a 10 mile radius of Harrogate.

The Scandinavian-inspired cafe, famous for its cinnamon buns, has baked pastries and bespoke cakes from scratch at their Oxford Street site since the business opened in October 2012.

They have now taken the keys to a 1500 sq ft site on Springfield Farm in Kettlesing, North Yorkshire, where production will include wholesale sourdough, rye, ciabatta, and traditional yeasted white and granary style bread for local businesses and supply the cafe with bread, viennoiserie, pastries and bespoke cakes.

The bulk of production at the bakery will be a new range of breads which on opening will include various sourdoughs, rye, ciabatta and more traditional yeasted white and granary style loaves/rolls.

The production of all pastries that customers see daily at the cafe (cinnamon buns, cheese swirls, skolebrød, pecan pull apart, boller) will move to the bakery and will be supplemented by a new range of viennoiserie to include croissants and wienerbrød made from scratch.

Former Baltzersen’s Head Chef Jacob Vezey will be heading up the new site as Head Baker alongside Nathan Ackroyd, who has been at the cafe since 2016, and Emma Falconer, another member of the chef team at Baltzersen’s with a keen interest in bread.

Current Logistics Manager, Rob Crossley, will become Bakery Manager.

Paul Rawlinson, owner of Baltzersen’s, said: “Opening a bakery has been a dream we’ve had for many years and a project we’ve been working on since 2018 so we’re delighted that in 2020 it’s finally coming to fruition.

“We’ve got a great team heading up our existing cafe and coffee shop and it feels like the right time to expand our offering to local businesses that need a regular supply of bread."

"We’re really excited about this development and are ready to start getting on with the hard work that we know is ahead of us to make it a success.

"The wall opposite our counter in the cafe gives our mission as: To spread ‘Hygge’ throughout Yorkshire and beyond. This definitely feels like the next stage in delivering that plan.”

A new retail site in the centre of Harrogate, offering fresh bread and pastries Monday - Saturday, is also on the cards for May 2020.